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Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty; 20.2.1988) is the first female from Barbados to have received a Grammy Award and is currently signed to the Def Jam Recordings record label. She was presented with an area of land in Appes Hill, St. James, Barbados, in a tribute to her work.
Net worth: Rihanna's earnings are $160 million according to Celebrity Net Worth as of 2016.
Rihanna's Childhood Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna is the daughter of Ronald Fenty (of African and Irish descent) and Monica Fenty, who has a Guyanese ancestry. In Combermere Schoool, she formed a musical group with two of her classmates. In 2004, she was crowned Miss Combermere in a local beauty pageant, as well as performing in the 'Colours Of Combermere' school show. She received her big break aged 15, when a friend introduced her to Evan Rogers, a music producer who was on vacation on the island. Rogers and his partner, Carl Sturken recorded Rihanna's material in the U.S. and sent it to various record companies. One of these copies reached Jay-Z, who eventually signed her to his Def Jam label.
Musical Career: Rihanna has named Beyonce, Brandy Norwood and her upbringing in the Caribbean as the major influences on her music. Music Of the Sun was Rihanna's debut album, released in 2005. 'Pon de Replay' was one of the singles released from the album. The track was co-written by Rogers, Sturken and Rihanna and reached number two in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK singles chart. The album itself received platinum certification for selling over 2 million units worldwide and Rihanna promoted the album by touring as Gwen Stefani's opening act. The second single from the album, 'If It's Lovin' That You Want', was significantly less successful, reaching 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11 in the UK charts. A third single, 'Let Me', was released in Japan only.
Less than eight months after the release of her debut album, Rihanna launched a second album, A Girl Like Me, in 2006. The album went into the U.S. charts at number five. And the main single from the track, 'SOS', was used in a Nike advertising campaign. 'SOS' became the first number one Billboard single for Rihanna. Her third top 10 U.S. hit came with 'Unfaithful', written by the R&B singer Ne-Yo, though its follow-up, 'We Ride' was less successful, which failed to chart in the Billboard Hot 100. 'Break It Off', featuring Sean Paul, was her fourth single from the album. Digital download sales helped the song jump from 52 to number 9.
Good Girl Gone Bad, her third album, was recorded with Timbaland, Ne-Yo and Stargate and released in 2007. Jay-Z and Ne-Yo also feature on the album and Justin Timberlake co-wrote 'Rehab' and sang backing vocals for the track. The album went three times platinum on the United World Albums Chart. The first single from the album, 'Umbrella', which featured Jay-Z, was a number one hit in a number of countries. In the UK, it was the longest running number one single since Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' (1994) and the longest running number one by a female artist since Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' (1992). With 8,160,000 points on the United World Chart, it was the most successful song of 2007. 'Umbrella' was followed by the singles 'Shut Up And Drive', 'Don't Stop The Music' and 'Hate That I Love You'.
In November 2009, Rihanna released her fourth album 'Rated R', which featured guest spots from Slash, will.i.am and Jeezy. The album debuted at number four in the US Billboard 200 albums charts, selling 181,000 copies in the United States in its first week, giving Rihanna her highest first-week sales in the US at that time.
Rihanna released her fifth album 'Loud' in 2010. 'Loud' debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, making it her fastest selling album at the time. The album featured guests Drake and Nicki Minaj and had some of Rihanna's most popular singles, namely 'What's My Name?' and 'Only Girl (In The World)'. That year saw her first collaboration with Eminem in the smash hit 'Love the Way You Lie'.
In 2011, Rihanna followed up 'Loud' with her sixth album 'Talk That Talk', which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 198,000 copies in the United States. The album is platinum in the United States. Guest spots on this album included Jay-Z and Calvin Harris.
Rihanna's seventh album, 'Unapologetic' was released in November 2012. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 238,000 copies in its first week, giving Rihanna her first number one album in the United States and bestselling debut week of her career. Rihanna recruited previous producers, such as The-Dream, Chase & Status and David Guetta, to work with new producers such as Parker Ighile, Mike Will Made-It and Labrinth. The album has been certified platinum in the United States. The song 'Nobody's Business' caused controversy as it featured Rihanna's abusive ex-partner Chris Brown. Rihanna has received twenty-three Grammy nominations including record of the Year, Best Rap / Sung Collaboration, Best R&B performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Dance Recording. She also obtained seven Grammys including Song of the Year and Best R&B song.
Accolades attributed to Rihanna include: World's Best Selling Pop Female Artist and Entertainer of the Year at the World Music Awards, Favourite Female Artist - Soul / R&B at the American Music Awards, and best R&B song, for 'Shut Up and Drive' at the 2008 People's Choice Awards.
In 2016 Rihanna released her eighth studio album Anti in which the leading single work reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She also announced a supporting tour for the album which see's Rihanna travelling the world.
Other Ventures: Rihanna has released five different perfumes since 2011 (Reb'l Fleur,Rebelle, Nude, Rogue and RiRi). She also announced in 2014 that she was to release an aftershave for men entitled 'Rogue Man'.
Rihanna has also collaborated with MAC cosmetics on creating her own make up line called 'RiRi hearts MAC' in 2013. She also has endorsements with Nivea, Budweiser and Kodak.
Rihanna's first television program Styled to Rock premiered in the UK in August 2012 on Sky Living. This saw numerous British designers over a ten week period compete in different challenges in order to win the prize of dressing Rihanna for one of her events.
She has also collaborated with British high street fashion brand River Island on four of their collections in 2013. In 2014 Rihanna announced that she was to become the creative director of the fashion sportswear Puma overseeing the brand's women's clothing range. In the following year (2015) Rihanna was chosen to be the face of Dior which made her the first black woman to be the face for the company.
In 2016 Rihanna collaborated with Manolo Blahnik to create an all denim shoe collection.
Personal Life: In 2009 it was reported that Rihanna's partner at the time, singer Chris Brown, had violently attacked her. Brown was charged for assault and making criminal threats and later pled guilty to felony assault. He was given five years' probation and a restraining order. In 2013, Rihanna admitted that she was once again in a relationship with Brown, however Brown stated that the two had broken up again in May that year. Rihanna also had a relationship with Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp from late 2009 to 2010. Speculation also suggested she had dated rapper Drake.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2013 Rihanna confirmed that she was dating Chris Brown once again. However in May 2013 Brown stated that the couple had broken up for the second time. In 2016 rumors emerged that Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio were dating as they have been spotted together numerous times.
The rumoured couple seem to be really enjoying each other’s company recently.
Drake and Rihanna’s public love-fest continued on Saturday night, when the ‘Work’ singer joined the rapper onstage for the finale of his three-night concert series at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. After Drake’s declaration of love of RI-Ri at the VMAs last month, the two have been insperabile, despite not confirming their romance.
Rihanna joined drake for a rendition of their collaboration ‘Work’, before moving into her solo hit ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’. Afterwards Drake told the crowd: “I pray that you find somebody that holds you down like this woman right here.”
Rihanna publicly thanked Drake for his kind words at last Sunday's VMAs.
In an eventful week in which Drake publicly congratulated her and declared his love for her at the VMAs, and then engaging in THAT kiss in Miami, Rihanna has thanked Drake for his speech last Sunday, saying “I love you for that!”
In a lengthy Instagram caption she posted on Friday (September 2nd), accompanying a clip of Drake’s speech before he handed over the Video Vanguard Award at New York’s Madison Square Garden last weekend, she thanked all her friends, family and colleagues for her massive commercial success that stretches back over more than a decade.
Continue reading: Rihanna Tells Drake "I Love You For That" After Touching VMAs Speech
Rihanna joined Drake onstage in Miami for a rendition of 'B**** Better Have My Money' - and then the kiss finally happened!
During Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour concert at the American Airlines Arena in the Floridian city on Wednesday night (August 31st), the Barbadian singer appeared for a rendition of her hit ‘B**** Better Have My Money’ and received a kiss from the rapper – to which she responded by wrapping her arms around him and dancing with him.
Continue reading: Drake And Rihanna Finally Kiss When She Joins Him Onstage At Miami Gig
During Sunday night's ceremony at Madison Square Garden, Bey took home eight awards - including Video of the Year for 'Formation'.
Both before and throughout the entire evening, Bey was a one-woman headline generator, as she firstly stole the red carpet, along with her daughter Blue Ivy, who was wearing an eye-watering $11,000 dress, before winning in eight of the 11 categories in which she was nominated – including the prestigious Video of the Year prize for track ‘Formation’.
“First of all I'd like to thank my beautiful daughter and my incredible husband for all of their support,” she said during one of her acceptance speeches.
Continue reading: Beyonce Rules Over MTV VMAs With Eight Wins
Rihanna will be honoured with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs later this month.
The 28 year old pop star has more than a decade’s worth of huge hit singles and popular music videos under her belt, so it’s something of a surprise that it’s taken this long for this award to come her way. She follows in the footsteps of Michael Jackson (for whom the award was posthumously renamed), Madonna, Beyonce, Britney Spears and last year’s winner Kanye West.
Rihanna will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs
Continue reading: Rihanna To Be Honoured With The VMA Video Vanguard Award
Rihanna is set to star in 'Ocean's Eight' alongside Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock in the spin-off of the popular crime thriller starring George Clooney.
Rihanna is set to star in 'Ocean's Eight'.
Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the upcoming sequel to the crime thriller movie, which is a spin-off of 'Ocean's Eleven', which starred Brad Pitt and George Clooney, according to Deadline.
Continue reading: Rihanna Is Set To Star In Ocean's Eight
Deadline reported this week that Rihanna could be about the join the all-female cast of 'Ocean's Eight', a purported spin-off of Steven Soderbergh's 'Ocean's Eleven' trilogy.
According to Deadline, comedienne Mindy Kaling and actor/rapper Awkwafina are also on the verge of joining the cast of the comedy crime caper. They’re set to join Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett on the project, who have already been confirmed.
The movie is to be known as Ocean’s Eight, according to all previous reports on the movie, meaning that one more actress is still to be cast, with rumours holding that Elizabeth Banks will be joining the cast soon.
Has the rapper finally confirmed his long-rumoured romance with Rihanna?
Drake showed fans where his heart truly lies during his Madison Square Garden show on Saturday night. The rapper appeared to declare his love for rumoured girlfriend and ‘Work’ collaborator Rihanna during his set and he even made the New York crowd do the same.
Drake declared his love for Rihanna onstage at Madison Square Garden
During the show, which also featured rapper Future, Page Six reports that Drake told the crowd: “If you’ve got love for Rihanna in New York City … cuz you know I’ve got love for Rihanna,” before playing a few of her songs.
Continue reading: Drake Declares Love For Rumoured Girlfriend Rihanna Onstage
Calvin Harris has expressed an interest in working with Jennifer Lopez after he approached her at her 47th birthday party over the weekend.
The 32-year-old DJ is reportedly desperate to work with the 'On the Floor' hitmaker and told her he's ''eager'' to get into the studio with her at her 47th birthday party at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas over the weekend.
A source told HollywoodLife.com: ''His main goal of the night was to talk with J.Lo and figure out how they could collab on a future song together. He knows it would be awesome and they would be able to work on it often since they are always in Vegas. He laid the foundation on setting something up and he is very eager to make it happen.''
Continue reading: Calvin Harris To Work With Jennifer Lopez
Rihanna has asked her fans to refrain from playing Pokemon at her gigs, a few days after a Beyonce fan catches someone playing the game in the front row.
Rihanna issued a warning to her fans not to play Pokemon Go during her concerts, after she spotted somebody playing the outrageously popular mobile game at a show this weekend.
“I don't want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends. I don't want to see you catching any Pokémons up in this b***h,” she said as she laid down the law to her audience at a concert in the French city of Lille on Saturday night (July 23rd), in a clip released by Pitchfork the following day.
Pokemon Go had already caused problems at music concerts in France that very week. Two nights before, a young woman was rumbled playing the game on her phone in the front row of a Beyonce concert.
Continue reading: Rihanna Orders Her Fans Not To Play Pokemon Go During Her Gigs!
Rihanna and Drake pictured leaving Tramps nightclub in London at 4.30am seconds apart. The pair were seen out for the second night in a row following Rihanna's show in Manchester. Drake and Rihanna continue to spark dating rumours. - Thursday 30th June 2016
Date of birth
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